Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Natural Remedies and Cures for MOSQUITO Bites

Two general types of reactions to mosquito bites are seen. The immediate reaction consists of the familiar wheal with redness and itching. These wheals appear in a matter of minutes and resolve almost as quickly. The delayed reaction begins in a few hours as a swollen bump with intense burning and itching. This reaction lasts longer than the wheal of the immediate reaction. Blisters, swelling, scaling patches and scabs with subsequent scarring can also occur. A few highly sensitive individuals have suffered anaphylactic reactions. The type of reaction, as well as its severity, rapidity of onset, and duration, all depend on the type and degree of sensitivity (allergy) of the bitten individual. This, in turn, depends on how much and how recently the individual has been bitten, as well as his own natural tendency to develop such reactions. The allergy is to components of the insect's saliva. Persons who are bitten repeatedly by mosquitoes over a period of time often progress through several distinct stages of sensitivity to the bites. This process requires weeks to years, depending on the frequency of bites. Initially, there is no reaction. This is followed by a delayed reaction only; then both types of reaction simultaneously, then an immediate reaction only. The final stage is like the initial stage-no reaction at all.

Apparent immunity may also occur after repeated fly bites, but this immunity may be lost if the individual is not bitten for a period of time. Reactions to the bites of other insects probably evolve through stages similar to those described above.

Some individuals are much more attractive to mosquitoes than others. In general, men are preferred over women and children. Dark-skinned races (Mongoloid and Negroid) have more problems with mosquitoes than Caucasians. Dark-colored clothing also draws the insects. Healthy people are more attractive than the ailing. Perfumes and hormone medications also seem to appeal to these insects. Sweat attracts mosquitoes while skin oils seem to repel them. Mosquitoes follow currents of warm, moist air and carbon dioxide. Thus, active, panting, sweating, persons will be attacked more than their sluggish counterparts.

Treatment for Mosquito Bites
Treatment of mosquito bites other than cleansing of the skin is usually unnecessary. Medications for itching, infection, and allergic reactions are used as needed.

Here are some natural home remedies for mosquito bites

Natural Remedies for Mosquito Bites with Alcohol
Rub the bite with rubbing alcohol if available. This will cool the bug bite and also disinfect it.

Natural Remedies for Mosquito Bites using Baking Soda
Take a couple tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with water to create a pasty substance. Apply this homemade paste to the mosquito bite. If baking soda is unavailable, rub soap on the bite and leave it on.

Natural Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites using Garlic
Take a knob off the garlic and cut in half. Rub the garlic onto the mosquito bites. You should notice immediate relief from the itching.

Natural Remedies for Mosquito Bites with Apple Cider Vinegar
Treat mosquito bites using apple cider vinegar. Pour a bit onto a cotton ball and rub it on the bite. It usually stops the itch quickly.

Lavender Oil for Mosquito Bites
Use 2-3 drops of lavender oil and massage the spot gently.

Homemade Massage Recipe for Mosquito Bites (Swelling)
Mix the 2-3 drops of lavender and tea tree essential oils and apply on the skin.